CIM’s Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship announced

FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, in cooperation with Ardex Americas and Nora Systems Inc., have announced the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship for the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) program.

The Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide educational opportunities to Floor Covering Installation Managers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and excellence in proper substrate preparation and installation of floor covering.

Bruce Newbrough, as Ardex Director of Technical Services and later Applications Development, tirelessly utilized every opportunity to further his vision and passion, which was industry education and training on proper substrate preparation, all for the purpose of achieving successful installations. This is the foundation on which FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association was built and the reason that Bruce was a dedicated ambassador of this organization.

Ardex will support three Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarships annually for the next five years. After Ardex announced its intentions to work with FCICA on this scholarship, Nora Systems Inc. also offered funding support.

“FCICA is honored, not only to have known and worked with Bruce Newbrough, but also to have this opportunity to work with both ARDEX and nora towards our common goal of a standard of excellence for Installation Managers in the Certified Installation Manager Program,” said Gerry Swift, FCICA Chairman.

Seth Pevarnik, Director of Technical Services for ARDEX Americas said during the scholarship’s presentation at the FCICA Convention in San Diego, stated that “…the one association that Bruce favored the most was FCICA. His support of FCICA began in 1993. He supported the Associates committee and chaired it. He was on the board of Directors for FCICA. He conducted multiple education presentations over the years. Bruce loved this association as his passion was industry education and training, which is the foundation on which FCICA was built. Ardex wanted to pay tribute and remembrance to Bruce and his support of the flooring industry. Upon looking at the support that Bruce provided to the industry, it was obvious that there was not a better association/organization to do this through!”

Individuals interested in applying for the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship can visit to download the application. Scholarships are open to applicants until June 1 and will be awarded in July. A scholarship is not required to participate. Fees for FCICA members are $1,225.00 and $1,570.00 for non-members, which includes the application fee.

The program involves eight learning modules and their related assessment tests:

  1. Utilizing the Estimate to Establish and Manage Installation Costs
  2. Planning the Job
  3. Understanding Contractual Obligations
  4. Scheduling and Assigning Resources for Installation
  5. Managing On-site Conditions
  6. Managing Change Orders On-site
  7. Financial Management; Budget vs. Actual
  8. Closing out the Job Floor Covering Installation

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